'Argo' is the only film released so far this year with a lock on a Best Picture Oscar nomination

By Anthony Breznican
October 26, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
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With Life of Pi, Les Misérables, and Lincoln still awaiting release, Ben Affleck‘s rescue drama Argo is the only film so far this year with a lock on a Best Picture Oscar nod. (Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Master could be contenders too, though their place on the nominee list remains far less assured.) Talk to Academy and guild voters now about favored films, and Argo is the first title on their lips. The historical thriller’s steady box office — it held on to its No. 2 spot in its second weekend with only a 15 percent dip, bringing its domestic haul to a respectable $43 million — is also a good sign, since audience support is vital. Affleck may not be a definite for a Best Actor nomination, but Best Director seems like a sure thing, while costars John Goodman and Alan Arkin could duke it out for Supporting Actor. Argo‘s challenge now is to maintain momentum. ”It’s amazing that it is getting [this] response,” costar Clea DuVall said at the Oct. 22 Hollywood Film Awards in L.A., where the movie received the ensemble acting award. ”But I am very practical and it’s early. Who knows what will happen?”

(Additional reporting by Carrie Bell)

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